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HIV Diagnoses in Persons Aged 13-29 Years in US

MMWR; ePub 2018 Feb 23; Ocfemia, et al

There were significant differences in rates of diagnosis of HIV infection among persons aged 13 to 21 years in the US from 2010-2014, a recent report found. The CDC analyzed data on persons aged 13-29 years who had HIV infection diagnosed during 2010-2014 and reported to NHSS through June 2016. Numbers and rates of diagnosed infections were calculated by year of diagnosis and by 2-year and 3-year age groups and selected characteristics. Among the findings:

  • During 2010-2014, HIV infection diagnosis rates per 100,000 population varied substantially with increasing age among persons aged 13-15 years, 16-17 years, 18-19 years, and 20-21 years.
  • HIV diagnosis rates were higher, but less variable, among persons aged 22-23 years, 24-25 years, 26-27 years, and 28-29 years.
  • Primary prevention effects are key for persons aged <18 years and continuing through the period of elevated risk.


Ocfemia MC, Dunville R, Zhang T, Barrios LC, Oster AM. HIV diagnoses among persons aged 13–29 years—United States, 2010–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67:212–215. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6707a2.

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